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    Can anyone be a DJ?


    According to Joe Engalan at VectorForm, a Microsoft Surface Partner, you can. They've created an entry level DJ application that lets groups join in on the fun. This is when Joe's team isn't working on Microsoft Surface with car configurators, presidential election coverage, educational and medical applications to name a few. The DJ started simple, and grew from there. There's even an iPhone app. Now they've added some features like scratching into 2.0.

    The first video is Joe and I going over 2.0 alpha (also in HD) and the second video is a demo performance in their offices on an earlier version. Any aspiring DJs out there?


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    Our Partner Program is officially here!


    07-13QuickStartImage_lg Ok. So you've heard me talk about how we're in at WPC in a big way. Now it's official. We've announced our Microsoft Surface Partner Program. This is a big deal for partners and developers, because it means registered Microsoft Partners can get access to the Microsoft Surface SDK Workstation Edition through our new QuickStart site. Give it a visit.

    If you're into reading, and want to hear how Microsoft Surface has driven real ROI for businesses, you can check out all the news here. It's actually pretty cool to see how these business have been applying the product. It's not all just fun and games. Microsoft Surface is driving results. I'll try get some video examples up later.

    TouchFirst Another big item: To kick off the program, we're running a contest. It's called The Touch First Microsoft Surface Developer Challenge, because we couldn't think of a shorter title. I'd just call it Touch First.  There is a prize, so follow the link to learn more.

    By the way, did you see #WPC09 was a trending topic on Twitter earlier this morning? During our session on Tuesday, let's see if #surface makes it in!

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    Get Educated


    We've highlighted education and Microsoft Surface a few times before. I had inquiries on Twitter and I thought it would be good to post a compilation on Surface in education. Here are some applications by Microsoft, our Microsoft Surface partners and others.

    • imageChurchend Primary School shows how teachers and students react to Surface in the classroom. There's also a great behind the scenes for developers.
    • I had a few visits with Dr. Neil (1 2 3) talking about his firms edu apps for primary and secondary school kids.
    • A paint application called Paint Touch that shows how even pre-schoolers can be engaged with Microsoft Surface.
    • Wales Education Suite is a set of applications for primary schools
    • Play together, learn together mixes fun with education
    • Surface Math shows primary school kids engaged with Surface
    • Magnification Ring has applications in education and museums
    • The Local Impact Map used by Microsoft to educate representatives of governments and NGOs on corporate social responsibility
    • History at your Fingertips is an adult focused application used at the national conventions last fall during the US presidential race
    • The Pits is used at trade shows for sales, but has great educational applicability.
    • Calculation Game by Ohio State's Computer Science & Engineering students and Geography faculty
    • This clip from Microsoft Research UK show's how magical Microsoft Surface is for primary school students. It's fun to see the kids reactions.
    • This video by Max is a music creation application, but imagine the possibilities with the objects to create educational applications linked with the physical world.
    • Neuro-rehab is focused on healthcare, but can easily be applied to education as well.

    We've had a number of higher education institutions buying Microsoft Surface as well, so if you're at college you may see curricula including Surface in markets where it's available. Education developers - don't forget that MSDN-AA has the Microsoft Surface SDK Workstation Edition for subscribers to get you started. Let me know if I've missed anything in my list above. I'll make future posts on healthcare, financial services, etc.


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